Mantas Skripkauskas Skripkauskas من عند تينجداد، المغرب
I'm not sure I'd be intimidated if I saw this wandering around at night. Or if he told me he was a Dark-Hunter. I must say this one is probably my favorite so far. It's nice to see Valerius get the happy ending that he deserves. When he was first introduced into the story and I found out who he was I hated him with a passion. Plus he was stuck up in Night Embrace and really rude to Zarek. But his kinder side showed in Night Play not that it made much of a difference. I still thought he was an ass. I'm happy to see that he's not even half as bad as he appears to be. The book begins in the Jackson Square where Tabitha Devereaux is desperately trying to un-cuff her sister Selena from the fence that boarders the Square. Selena is upset about some new law that was passed saying that physics can't tell fortunes to tourists in the Square anymore. So Selena handcuffed herself to the fence not far from where she sets up her stand in protest. Since Tabitha knows what stalks the night she knows that she has to get her sister free from the fence before she becomes Daimon bait. Selena has the key hidden in her bra and since Tabitha ain't gonna go looking for it she tries to pick the lock but Selena bites her hand, so Tabitha sits with her on the sidewalk to protect her from the things that go bump in the night. Luckily for the both of them Ash walks by, and being the generous man that he is, offers to buy the store that is up for sale just across the sidewalk so that Selena can keep reading tarot cards. Selena is ecstatic and gratefully agrees. Once they all part ways Tabitha follows her normal nightly routine of stalking Daimons and feeding the homeless, you know, all that good stuff. This is how she meets the infamous Valerius Magnus. She's in the middle of a fight with the Daimons when Valerius sneaks up behind her and all she saw was height and fangs so she attacked. Once seeing that she hadn't just killed a poor lawyer or an accountant she gives Nick a call to have him help get Valerius back to her place since Ash isn't answering his phone and neither is Otto. When Valerius wakes in an unfamiliar room with a transvestite humming in the corner. Of course when Tabby comes into the room Valerius remembers the attack and beings to slightly freak out. So he calls Acheron to try and get him to find a away for Valerius to leave pronto. But as usual Acheron wont lend a hand to help him. So he's left with Tabitha the mad woman. During this part of the book Valerius seemed like a prude. I mean he had to complain about everything she tried to feed him. At night fall Tabitha escorts Valerius home and they part ways. But neither one can keep their thoughts off the other. So it's a good thing that Marla ( the transvestite needs a new male escort for the pageant she has entered in. So Tabitha seeks out Valerius for help. And reluctantly he agrees to help. The story from here on out just gets better and better. You see life through Valerius' eyes and you just have to feel sorry for him. No one likes him, Dark-Hunter, human, or god. Nobody. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes. He's a kind man and doesn't deserve to be treated like crap. The story of the Dark-Hunters really takes off in this book and sets everything into motion. This book also confused the hell out of me in mean of Katra's relationship with Acheron. I had no clue what to think until I read Katra's story in Devil May Cry. The characters are loveable. Valerius is one of my favorite characters. He's 6' 6 with shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes (when he's not a dark-hunter) and he's very muscular. He's a beautiful man with a hard past that the present does nothing to reconcile. You feel horrible for him throughout this entire book with the way he's being treated by everyone who knows Nick or Kyrian. Tabitha is real eccentric 5'10 little butt-kicking warrior, with dyed black hair and an athletic build. She has a mouth on her that would be a challenge for Nick to match. But she's very intelligent and unusually wise for her age and attitude. And of course our favorite characters are back such as Amanda, Kyrian, Julian, Talon, Nick and Otto. Even though I did not like Kyrian, Amanda and Julian in this book with their treatment of Valerius. They treat him like he's white trash that's not worthy of breathing the same air that a cockroach breathes, and that seriously pissed me off. I love this book and all the characters in it. The story was awesome! I seriously love this book! 5/5 stars.